How to Prepare Your Plumbing for Winter


If you aren’t prepared, winter can bring forth a number of plumbing issues, like the 2013 ice storm in the GTA. Plan a weekend before the cold months arrive to prepare your plumbing for winter, to avoid costly repairs in the spring.

Here are a few things you can do outdoors

1. Drain Your Exterior Pipes of Excess Water

It’s important to make sure that all exterior pipes are drained of excess water during the winter months. If you don’t do this, the result could be disastrous. If you forget to drain your pipes, when the temperature begins to drop the water will freeze and expand, potentially ruining your pipes, forcing you to replace them in the spring. If you want to be extra cautious, consider turning off the water flow to exterior faucets during the winter, even if you don’t plan on turning them on.

2. Detach Any Exterior Hoses That May Freeze

While you are preparing for winter, don’t forget to detach your exterior hose and store it somewhere safe, If you leave your hose outside during winter, they could freeze and be unusable in the spring.

3. Ensure There is Proper Drainage

When the snow starts to melt all of that water needs to go somewhere, preferably not into your home. While you can, make sure that areas, where water drains, is not obstructed. This can include eavestroughs, downspouts and storm drain. Clear these areas of any debris including, leaves, sticks and stones to allow for easy water flow when the snow melts and spring showers arrive.

Make your plumbing a priority this winter to avoid having to pay for repairs in the spring.

If you have any questions about how to prepare your plumbing for winter or have a plumbing project coming up, feel free to contact us at 647-832-1738.